Malaria Vaccine among 12 New Technologies to Receive Support from the LSU Board of Supervisors

Every two minutes a child under the age of 5 dies from malaria. More than 400,000 deaths resulted from about 200 million cases of malaria in 2017. Currently, there are no malaria vaccines available and the current medications used to treat the disease are failing due to emerging parasite resistance. However, researchers at LSU have developed a malaria vaccine and are working toward making it commercially available worldwide.

LSU Department of Pathobiological Sciences Research Assistant Professor Paul Rider has created several anti-malaria vaccines and with support from the LSU Board of Supervisors, he is working on quantifying the specific anti-malaria immune responses generated by vaccination. Rider is one of 12 innovative researchers to receive a Leveraging Innovation for Technology Transfer, or LIFT2, grant made possible by the LSU Board of Supervisors, for his discovery that has the potential to save lives.

“It’s difficult to find these types of grant opportunities that enable us to finalize our proof-of-concept data, which is essential for commercialization of this herpes virus-derived malaria vaccine. The LSU LIFT2 grants are unique in that regard and as a tool to spur research in Louisiana that has a large-scale social or economic benefit,” said Rider, whose work on this project expands previous work in the laboratory of LSU Department of Pathobiological Sciences Professor K. Gus Kousoulas using the Herpes Simplex Virus vaccine, or VC2.

The LSU LIFT2 fund supports academic researchers as they advance their innovations and technologies from the lab to the marketplace. By providing a bridge over the critical gap between basic research and commercialization, the LSU LIFT2 fund awards grants to researchers on a competitive basis twice a year to develop market-facing prototypes and to validate the market potential of their inventions.

Since 2014, 120 research projects have received funding. More than $4 million has been awarded by the LSU Board of Supervisors through this competitive grant to researchers across all of LSU’s campuses.

“University research often plays a critical role in the technological or medical advances that have shaped our society and world. The LSU LIFT2 grants are a vital part of cultivating innovation at universities,” said LSU Office of Innovation & Technology Commercialization Director Andrew Maas.

Innovations include creative and artistic works as well as devices, drugs, software and other more traditional inventions; thus, personnel from all disciplines on all LSU campuses are strongly encouraged to consider an application to further develop an invention which has been previously disclosed to their campus technology transfer office.

The ninth round of LIFT2 grants supported the following 12 new technologies:

  • Development of Malaria Vaccine by Paul Rider, LSU Department of Pathobiological Sciences

  • Adaptation of Single-Well Gas-Assisted Gravity Drainage Process for Shale Oil Reservoirs by Dandina Rao, LSU Craft & Hawkins Department of Petroleum Engineering

  • Lignin nanoparticles as an ecofriendly and cost-effective alternative for oil spill recovery by Bhuvnesh Bharti, LSU Cain Department of Chemical Engineering

  • Antibody therapies for the prevention and treatment of fungal Sepsis by  Hong Xin, LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans

  • Practical Application of Stabilized Starch Ingredient in Food Systems by Joan King, LSU AgCenter's School of Nutrition & Food Sciences

  • Improved Cryopreservation for Global Germplasm Markets by Smart Sensing and Control Technology by Terrence Tiersch, LSU AgCenter's School of Renewable Natural Resources

  • AcuStim: Wearable Stimulator for Veterinary Electro-Acupuncture by Jin-Woo Choi, LSU School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Serratia anti-tumor polysaccharide characterization for a composition of matter patent and testing in a mouse tumor model for commercial development as a human drug by Roger Laine, LSU Department of Biological Sciences

  • Time-lapse Adhesives using the Urea-Urease Reaction by John Pojman, LSU Department of Chemistry

  • Development of 3D scanning applications for wellness programs by Sima Sobhiyeh, LSU Pennington Biomedical Research Center Body Composition Lab

  • Biodegradable Wood Fiber Polymer Composite Formulations Toward Green Mardi-Gras by Qinglin Wu, LSU AgCenter's School of Renewable Natural Resources

  • Overcoming scale-up challenges for extraction of valuable compounds from algae by Dorin Boldor, LSU Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering




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